Project Triangle is Homotopia’s arts led youth and education strand. We work all year round developing projects and resources which promote equality and diversity, improve social cohesion and challenge hatred and Hate Crime. Our work is devised by and with young LGB and T people and any other young people who identify as different or marginalised.
In 2009 we took 12 young people to Auschwitz and Warsaw. The project aimed to raise awareness of Hate Crime and increase people’s confidence in reporting it. Following the trip we produced the Project Triangle Hate Crime Education Resource. The pack has received unanimous praise from educators, police, politicians and young people and is endorsed by Sir Ian McKellen, the NUT and the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. It consists of 7 lesson plans and an interactive DVD, fulfilling key stage 3 learning outcomes in English, Citizenship, PSHE and History. It is being used by teachers with pupils aged 11 to 18 as it is the only education resource in the UK to chart bullying from fear of difference to Hate Crime and its’ consequences. The link to these free resources is here.
In February 2011 the group returned to Poland to take part in the Polish Youth Arts Festival The Right To Love organised by the Campaign Against Homophobia (CAH) in Warsaw. The blog on this site follows the groups activities.
Coming back from Poland, the group decided to make their own film with the aim of making a difference to Hate Crime and homophobia. This became the film Sex Drag’s and Rock n’ Roll which was shown at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2011. The film explores ideas of Hate Crime and equality from a young person’s perspective.